College graduates are formally first
By BREE PRICE
HENRY Repard and Rani Robinson reckon being in the first group of Year 12 students to graduate from Emmanuel Anglican College has its ups and downs.
"Being the first Year 12 (class) in the school is a bit of a pain sometimes, because everyone looks up to you and we have to be good all the time," Rani said.
"We have had to set the example," Henry said.
"But we've always tried our best and we've had good teachers who have pushed us hard and pushed us in the right direction," he said.
"And most of us had previously attended schools with Year 12 students, so nothing was different."
Henry and Rani are two of 13 Year 12 students graduating from Emmanuel Anglican College this year.
The college began in 1998 with just 16 students, but has grown to an enrolment of over 300 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Henry, who is also school captain, said the first Emmanuel Anglican College formal would be a definite highlight of finishing his school education.
"We've been really focussed on the HSC and exams and teachers have been hammering us with work, so I'm pretty excited about the formal," he said.
The formal will be held at the Richmond Room in Ballina on Thursday September 23, a date picked by the Year 12 students themselves.
Henry said the students had chosen to hold the formal before the HSC exams, so everyone could attend.
"We decided we wanted the formal now," he said.
"It is harder to get everyone back together after school and the exams have finished because people are going away."
Henry said the 11 boys and two girls in Year 12 have been allowed to invite their dates from outside the school, and everyone had been practising their dance steps.
"We are performing six dances at the formal, with the main dance being the Pride of Erin," he said.
And following the last day of school, the formal and the HSC final exams that begin on October 18, Emmanuel Anglican College Year 12 students have big plans for life posthigh school.
Rani said she wanted to study hospitality at university but before continuing with further study, she wanted to take a year off, make some money and travel.
Henry said he planned to spend six months travelling around Europe, a trip that had been in the works for two years, and that London was the first stop.